We had been hearing for a few days that Rudolph was close to returning to the field following his recovery from foot surgery. The tight end had been working off to the side with trainers during practices, and was spotted running routes before the Giants’ second preseason game against the Cleveland Browns. Passing his physical was the final remaining barrier to Rudolph being activated and joining the team on the practice field.
The Giants signed Rudolph back on March 24th and at the time didn’t realize that his foot injury would require surgery — though that became apparent shortly after the signing.
The team is hoping that the 31-year-old tight end will be able to regain his form from a couple years ago. Rudolph was a major piece of the Vikings passing offense before he took on more of a blocking role following the selection of Irv Smith Jr. by the Vikings in the 2019 NFL Draft.
It seems unlikely that Rudolph will be on the field against the New England Patriots, but even being able to participate in joint practices is a significant step forward.